Saturday, January 21, 2012

Realistic Couponing

  My daughter, posing with all our groceries on January 16th, 2012

Sometimes people get so caught up in "Extreme" couponing that they become disappointed with "normal" couponing. Normally, a person can expect to save around 50% on their groceries if they combine store sales and promos with coupons. That is a reasonable expectation and is nothing to be ashamed of! If you budgeted $6000 a year for your groceries and only spent $3000, that would certainly be an accomplishment!

In this post, I want to share a realistic couponing photo with you. I felt that maybe my website photo gallery was part of the problem, since I show some of my best trips. My photo gallery has pictures of extraordinary trips that I've done, perhaps during Super Doubles or Triples Week or maybe I just caught a crazy sale or promo. But since trips like what you see in my photo gallery don't come around all the time, I thought I should include a photo from a normal shopping week. This was done during a regular week at Harris Teeter. I bought on sale, as usual, and applied coupons to most of my items.

How much do you think I spent? Call in to the radio show at 332-6390 between 10-11 a.m. to take a guess and win!

UPDATE- I paid $42.53 for everything and that actually includes over $2 in tax!

Pictured: 2 Boxes of Hefty Trash Bags (45 count), 2 Coffemate Creamers, Stayfree Maxis, 3 Boxes of Snackwells 100 calorie snacks (Yogurt Pretzels and Caramel Popcorn), 2 Colgate Cavity Protection Toothpastes, 2 Colgate Toothbrushes, 4 Bananas, 4 Packs of Ortega Taco Seasoning, 1 Harris Teeter Brand Applesauce, 4-pack of Activia Yogurt Black Cherry, Sara Lee Iron Kids Bread, 2 Smart Balance Peanut Butter jars, 2 Blocks of Kraft Cheese, 4 Boxes of Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Cereal, 2 Big Palmolive Soft Hands Dish Detergent, 8 Big Cans of Pillsbury Biscuits, 2 packs of StarKist Tuna Salad, 2 64-ounce Old Orchard Organic Apple Juice (Total of 42 items)


  1. Just curious as to the answer. How much?

  2. Hi Shaina,

    Glad you asked- totally forgot to post the answer after the radio show! Total paid was $42.53 and that includes over $2 in tax. I was pretty happy with that price!

  3. Yeah, that's a reasonable amt. Thanks for the answer, I missed the show.